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14th Annual Lincoln Douglas 5K and Fun Run
A series of short distances for children begins at 8 am: ages 8 and under – 100 yards; 9 to 10 – 200 yards; 11 to 12 – 400 yards. All finishers receive ribbons. The boy and girl winners of each age group will run a 100-yard dash following the 5K to determine “The Fasted Kid in Town!”. A One Mile Fun Run begins at 8:15 am. The course consists of one loop around the historic paved road inside Taylor Park. This is an untimed run and all finishers receive ribbons. The 5K begins at 8:35 am. The course consists of three loops around the paved road inside Taylor Park, a 5K (3.1 miles), wheel-measured certified course that is flat and fast designed to help runners achieve a personal best.
35th Annual YMCA/FHN Triathlon
Start training for the longest, continually running triathlon in the Midwest. This 35th Annual YMCA and FHN Triathlon event has a rich tradition, and new this year – a Duathlon. The YMCA is the perfect venue for both seasoned and first-time tri/duathletes. Complete the course on your own or divide the course with friends (Register on line at www.freeportymca.org or call 815-235-9622 for more information.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
8th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Race
The annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk will take place in downtown Alton. The race begins at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Law Firm building, across from Marquette High School, and winds through the historic, brick streets of downtown Alton. Cash prizes awarded. All registration fees benefit research from Mesothelioma, one of the most aggressive types of cancer. For additional information, call (877) 304-MESO(6376)
Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
The Arlington Million brings together horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans from every corner of the world. Immerse yourself in the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel, and delectable cuisine.
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.
Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags
The annual Byron Dragway Meltdown Drags is a 3 day event that recreates a 1960’s era drag meet. It features cars from 1966 and older because that was a time when gassers were king! Go to the website for full racing schedule and make sure to follow them on Facebook.
Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival
The dragons are coming to Blue Island for the inaugural Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival. Watch these long 20-seat boats with a dragon decoration on the outside mimic the old war canoes of ancient Asian past. This ancient Chinese sport has become one of the fierce competitions throughout the world, and is growing rapidly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. 9AM-3PM.
Dixon Petunia Festival
Dixon Petunia Festival takes place in downtown Dixon and will feature main stage entertainment all weekend, carnival, art show, the 5K Reagan Run on Saturday, a parade on Sunday and the huge fireworks display on Monday the 4th.
Downtown Car Show/Cruise Night
Downtown Car Show / Mt. Vernon Cruise Night - The Car Show will be located on 9th Street between Harrison and Jordan. Features cruise night, car, truck, and motorcycle show; entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing. The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern."
Join the 6th annual Fort2Base Race. There are two event distances, 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile events (11.5 miles or 3.45 miles). The 10NM event begins at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, runs along the North Shore Trail and finishes within the confines of Naval Station Great Lakes. The 3NM event is run solely within Naval Station Great Lakes. All registered participants receive a tech shirt and finishers medals. Runners and walkers welcome!
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo includes big hat world championship rodeo action with exciting events including bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and the rodeo's most popular and dangerous event - bull riding! Watch professional riders earn points to win a bid to the Nationals seen on TV. Bring the little buckaroos at 5:00 pm each night for games with the cowboys. Hilarious, family-friendly clowns, kids' games, food and drink vendors, music and fun for the whole family. Event admission prices include a country music concert with dancing immediately following the evening rodeo performance. Parking is FREE - Kids 4 and Under are FREE. Starts 7 pm.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Great River Road Run
It is time again for the Great River Road Run. Race your way to victory with the choice of a 2 mile route or a 10 mile route out and back on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, beginning in Alton. It's the most scenic run you'll ever make as you race to the finish along the Mississippi River and the majestic limestone bluffs.
Great River Road Run
We offer a half marathon walk/run, 5K walk/run a 10K walk/run as well as a 13.1 and 55 mile bike ride. The race begins in Hamilton, Illinois, travels along the mighty Mississippi and ends in Nauvoo, Illinois at the state park. The Great River Road Run is one of the most scenic sport races in America and the proceeds benefit the Hancock County, Illinois Food Pantries.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Hog Day Stampede
Join us and compete in the four-mile Stampede, a one-mile run and a quarter-mile "fun run" for younger children. T-shirt awards, children under 7 receive a free t-shirt. Begins at 8 am.
Illinois Whitewater Festival
Join the Chicago Whitewater Association as they host a Buttercup Slalom Race! Come as a participant or a spectator as kayak enthusiasts Slalom Race and BoaterCROSS throughout the day! Enjoy Ribs on the River food and festivities following the event. Hosted by the Chicago Whitewater Association and the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department. 10 am - 10 pm
Independence Day 5K Run/Walk
Wear your red, white and blue and show your patriotic spirit at The Independence Day 5K Run! The run will be held on a USATF certified course with chip timing. Walkers are also allowed and welcomed! This is a family friendly event, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. Race meeting point is the Hopkins Park Shelter - on site registration will be cash only, early registration is encouraged.
Jacksonville Speedway 2016 Races at Morgan County Fairgrounds
Save the dates for the Friday night races plus a Tuesday and Saturday race this season! Head to the Jacksonville Speedway at the Morgan County Fairgrounds for races featuring a number of different cars including POWRi Midgets, Micros, 305 Winged Sprints, Hornets, Stock Cars, plus much, much more! See the Jacksonville Speedway website at http://jacksonvillespeedway.com/2016-schedule/ for a full list of races this 2016 season.